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Rockne Cole

RockneCAST is a podcast by Rockne Cole focusing on the power of the liberal arts so that you can live an awesome life in mind, body, and spirit! In this podcast, I share what I have learned, what I am reading, and interview people in the liberal arts world who have aligned their passion with their purpose. For books featured on the RockneCAST, check out

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    Weston Noble - Finding Dharma in Mind, Body, and Spirit (Episode #76, 23 Nov. 2021)


    This is a season for giving thanks.   I give thanks that I had the opportunity to study with and sing under the direction of Weston Noble.  Weston lived in total alignment in mind, soul, and spirit.  When I sang in Nordic Choir in the mid-90's, I experienced moments of pure bliss, or what Joseph Campbell would call, my "ananda."  I experienced that without fully realizing how Weston created those moments.  In his book, Creating the Special World, Weston outlines how how he used the spirit to channel mind and body, creating moments of pure transcendence (check out link at  This episode is a mediation on Weston's first chapter in that book Bring the Special World into Reality.  May you listen to your inner voice and align your mind, soul, and spirit.  This was a fun one to do and I also outline my new theme for this podcast, a liberal arts podcast focused on strengthening mind, body, and spirit.  Grateful that I studied under Weston and that we can also continue to experience life through the wisdom of Weston Noble.   Hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving!! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    A Review of Warrior Diet - by Ori Hofmekler (It's much more awesome that just one meal a day) (Episode #75, 20 Nov. 2021)


    in this episode, I review Ori Hofmekler's life changing book, The Warrior Diet, which introduced the world to the wisdom of eating one big meal a day. This book rival's Jane Jacob's book "Death and Life of American Cities" for the way in which it completely revolutionized dieting, health, and wellness.  Like Jane Jacobs, Hofmekler does not have all of the "credentials" in the field that he changed.  When he wrote this book, our the dieting world was plagued by conventional wisdom: Fat bad, Carbs good; eat six meals a day... The list goes on.  This approach led to obesity, type 2 diabetes, premature, and way too many man boobs.  I like Ori because he doesn't get totally caught up in the modern keto versus non keto polemics.  Instead, he recognizes the wisdom of fats, carbs, and in proteins, seamlessly harmonizing the wisdom of each camp.   He uses timing of eating as a way to harmonize when and how  you eat food.  His version of fasting, at least as I understand it, does not mean totally avoiding food during the fasting stage.  Instead, he falls it "undereating."  During the "undereating" fast, he allows certain berries, nuts, and light proteins while avoiding highly refined carbs. He calls this phase "undereating" allowing the body detoxify, rejuvenate, and heal.  During this phase, the body is ready to work, be alert, and do the activities that give us life.  Our sympathetic nervous system is active during the day and he therefore, discourages excessive eating, because it activates the rest and recuperation stage, our parasympathetic nervous system.   During the evening, he encourages one big meal, allowing you to eat what you want, whether it's carbs, fats, or protein.  Eat away and calories be damned!  He explains why this works so well.  Our body is sensitive to nutrients, allowing us to eat and use the nutrition from the food that we eat.  it also corresponds to our parasympathetic nervous system being activated as our bodies slow down after our day's work.  During this phase, we eat, socialize and get ready to rest for our next day of getting things done, living our life's purpose. So it's not just just "one meal a day."  It is so much more, evolutionary biology, ancient history, nutrition, exercise, mental clarity, and spirituality. This book promised a lot and totally delivered.  It's magnum opus, of fasting and human health. Like US Grant, I have major mancrush on Ori Hofmekler.   Read it, and you'll be on your way a leaner, clear, and stronger you!! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    Lincoln's Eulogy of "Old Rough and Ready" (Episode #74, 12 Nov. 2021)


    This is the follow up to my recent podcast on Lincoln's favorite poem, "Oh why should the mortals by proud" by William Knox.  Zachary Taylor, our Nation's 11th president, died on July 9, 1850, only one year and four months into his presidency.  I came across this eulogy while reading Lincoln's Speeches and Writings.  I learned that Lincoln absolutely adored Zachary Taylor and strongly supported him, campaigning vigorously for him in Taylor's run for president.  My mancrush, US Grant, also loved Taylor too.  This got me interested in Taylor and the following paradox: why did two men most responsible for the destruction of slavery, Abe and US, embrace a slaving holding Southern president?   Whoa, I don't know whether I answered that question in this podcast, but I tried to exploring what made Taylor so compelling to both Grant and Lincoln.  In his encomium to Taylor, Lincoln's admiration of Taylor's leadership qualities demonstrates what he liked, what drove him, and what made him great.  So if nothing else, regardless of whether I rescued Taylor from the ignominy of slavery, I hope you share my view that we must not ignore, but explore the dark side to our human character, and our infinite capacity to be renewed through the eternal waters of forgiveness. Taylor, the slaver holder, inspired the two men who crushed slavery,  perhaps, equivalent to Saul becoming Paul.  Creation and history work in mysterious ways.  This was a fun one.  Keep living inspired and productive lives.  Be you.  Do you.  Live your life's purpose. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    An Interview with Richard Simon Hanson (Episode #73, 11 Nov. 2021)


    Some of my best memories growing up in Decorah and at Luther College involve Professor Richard Simon Hanson.   He needs no introduction to Luther and Decorah people.   He is a Professor Emeritus of Religion at Luther College in Iowa, specializing in ancient languages, the Bible, and Judaism.   We cover growing up Wisconsin, how he got to Luther, why he left Luther, who invited him back, his connection to Weston Noble in the early 1950's, his role with the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Lord's Prayer in Greek, Elie Wiesel, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Victor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning".   I learned a ton about this legendary Luther College professor.   Whoa, this one was fun to do.  It was a total honor to interview one of my life long heroes.      --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    Lincoln's Song - On Death, A Poem, and his First Love (Episode #72, 11 Nov. 2021)


    In this episode, we cover Abe Lincoln's favorite poem, "Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud" by William Knox.  I learned about this poem while reading Lincoln's eulogy of our nation's 11th president, Zachary Taylor, which he gave at the Chicago City Hall on July 9, 1850.   I am going to do a separate podcast on the eulogy, in part, because he so eloquently covers Taylor's leadership qualities.  Taylor is interesting to me because both Lincoln and my man-crush, US Grant, greatly admired Taylor, "Old Rough and Ready."  That cast will have to wait because of awesomeness of this poem, which Lincoln recited from memory at the end of the eulogy.  He referred to it throughout his life in private, but only referred used it once in a public address at Taylor's eulogy.  Lincoln loved it so much that he also shared it with his first love Ann Rutledge.  He apparently quoted it so much that Rutledge's sister called it "Lincoln's Song".    We cover death, love, life, and of course, exuberant stoicism.  Carpe diem.   Whoa, I loved doing this podcast.  If you're interested in Lincoln's speeches, check out my show notes. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    Epictetus Life Audit - The Power Within (Episode #71, 29 Oct. 2021)


    In this episode, we discuss the 11 words that completely changed my life, courtesy of the original exuberant stoic, Epictetus and his life changing book, The Enchiridion.  We'll discuss the concept of the Epictetus Life Audit and how it can positively impact your life.  You can also check it out at Whoa, I love exuberant Stoicism!! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    Wim Hof Breathing - Activating Mind, Body, and Spirit (Episode #70, 26 Oct. 2021)


    in this episode, I share one of the most awesome self care practices that I've learned this past year, Wim Hof Breathing.  In particular, I share with you what I've learned from the book, "The Way of the Iceman - How The Wim Hof Method Creates, Radiant Longterm Health".   We'll explore what it is, why it works, and how can it change your life.   Wim's breathings techniques activate the mind, body and spirit.  Also, you can purchase by checking out --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    Hercules the Hawk - An Interview with Dave Conrads (Episode #69, 20 Oct. 2021)


    For this episode, I interview Dave Conrads, UI Wild Director, who works with the University of Iowa Raptor Project.  Dave shares his love of all things relating to hawks and falcons, including his involvement with Hercules the Hawk, the red tailed hawk who has been inspiring Iowa Hawkeye Football fans at Kinnick Stadium. We discussed hawks, the last time hawks have been at Iowa football games, the origin of the term "Hawkeye", and backstory of Hercules' journey to  being the inspiring symbol and ambassador for the Iowa Hawkeyes Football Team and the great stated of Iowa! This one was a fun one to do!! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    Applying Atomic Habits - Temptation Bundling (Episode #68, 19 Oct. 2021)


    In this episode, we continue to cover the work of James Clear's awesome book, Atomic Habits and focus on the the concept of temptation bundling to build positive habits like exercise.  Check out the link too: --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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    Simple Gifts - Stoic Forgiveness (Episode #67, 14 Oct. 2021)


    Through a stoic lens, we'll cover the power of forgiving someone who has wronged or damaged you.  Together you and I will explore the stoic philosopher, Epictetus, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jay Shetty, and Richard Simon Hanson.  You can buy these books from these authors through my website!  I will get a portion of proceeds for all sales made through the link.  Just click and Amazon knows the rest! Whoa, this was a timely and important topic for me.  Very cathartic.  Forgiveness truly is a simple gift: free, abundant, perpetual, and if applied to your life, transformational.   This my last one for this week.  Heading North this weekend!! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.

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